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KenPom Bracketology 12/30

Xavier continues to climb as its former league continues to slip.

A team above Xavier finally lost! Sure, it was Michigan State without its best player and sure, one of the flaws of KenPom is that its rankings don't take time missed for injuries into consideration, but hey, movement! While most of us were enjoying Christmas in the warm embrace of kith and kin, not a whole lot of basketball was being played, so the rankings were fairly static. Now conference season is upon and things should start getting fairly silly fairly soon. What better way to open that up than with an undefeated #1 going down (albeit on the road with their best guy hurt)?

Here's your Pomeroy s-curve:

The KenPom s-curve 12/30
1 KANSAS Oklahoma VIRGINIA PURDUE
2 Michigan St. Xavier VILLANOVA Louisville
3 Duke North Carolina Miami FL Iowa
4 ARIZONA Maryland KENTUCKY West Virginia
5 Vanderbilt Iowa St. Butler Indiana
6 South Carolina CONNECTICUT Texas A&M GONZAGA
7 Florida Pittsburgh Baylor Oregon
8 Michigan Saint Mary's VALPARAISO Notre Dame
9 Cincinnati USC WICHITA ST. Florida St.
10 Texas Tech Providence California Utah
11 UCLA DAYTON Colorado Northwestern
12 Texas Oregon St. Seton Hall AKRON
12 ARKANSAS LITTLE ROCK SOUTH DAKOTA ST.
13 MONMOUTH STONY BROOK HAWAII UNLV
14 YALE OLD DOMINION CHATTANOOGA WILLIAM & MARY
15 BELMONT HIGH POINT GRAND CANYON WEBER ST.
16 SOUTHERN NORTH FLORIDA STEPHEN F. AUSTIN ARMY
16 WAGNER NORFOLK ST.
First 4 out BYU Arizona St. Ohio St. Syracuse
Next 4 out Evansville Wisconsin VCU George Washington

And the bracket for this week:

KenPom 12-30

I feel bad for SMU basketball fans, if that's a thing. They have one of the best teams in the nation - they'd fall on the three line this week - but they're not eligible for postseason play due to "unethical conduct" and "academic violations." Instead of gearing up for a run to Houston, they have to be content to watch the Mustangs tear through the AAC and then go back to their studies when the real fun kicks off in March. It's no manner of luck.

In other news, how bad has the A10 gotten? At least the American still has UConn and UC both in and holding semi-respectable seeds. Xavier's former conference boasts Dayton as an 11 and nothing else. VCU and GW are both on the bubble, but it's hard to see too many resume-boosting opportunities in league play for either of them. The field is starting to take shape heading into conference play now; from here on out it will be league mates beating up on each other.